Start your exploration of Montenegro’s coastline in the royal capital of Cetinje, where you can visit Cetinje Monastery to pay your respects to St Peter, modern Montenegro’s founder. From here, head into Skadar National Park to explore its pretty villages, towering mountains and birdlife. Go wine-tasting in Virpazar before exploring the ruined fortress town of Stari Bar. Travel to Lovcen National Park for its excellent hiking and biking trails, before ending your trip in the stunning waterfront villages of Kotor Bay, making sure to see Kotor’s old town.

Key information

Destinations Destinations Bay of Kotor, Lake Skadar National Park, Lovćen National Park, Cetinje, Stari Bar, Virpazar
Activity Activity Nature & Wildlife, Active, Hiking & Trekking
Physical Level Physical Level Mild
Season Season April - November

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Visit Cetinje Monastery and pay your respects to St Peter

Visit Cetinje Monastery and pay your respects to St Peter

Day 1 in Cetinje

Sitting at the foot of the Lovcen mountains, Cetinje is the former royal capital of Montenegro. Its streets are a mix of small cottages and imposing mansions, which previously housed European ambassadors. Today, many of these mansions have been converted to museums and galleries, but most visitors head for Cetinje Monastery, built in 1701 and home to relics of St Peter of Cetinje. St Peter became a monk aged 12 and then governor of Montenegro, famously defeating Napoleon in the battle of Dalmatia.

Go wine tasting in Virpazar

Go wine tasting in Virpazar

Day 2–3 in Virpazar

Considered the main gateway to Lake Skadar National Park, the tiny village of Virpazar was once an important trading port. Look for the imposing fortress built by Turkish invaders on the hill towering over the town. Modern-day Virpazar is a great place to sample Montenegrin wine, with several vineyards and tasting rooms around the town.

Explore the ruins of Stari Bar

Explore the ruins of Stari Bar

Day 4 in Stari Bar

High up on the edge of a bluff near Mount Rumija lies the ruins of Stari Bar – the original town of Bar, which is now a port city down by the water. Although some houses and shops have set up in the old city, it remains largely in ruins after being hit by an earthquake in 1979. Despite this, it’s a fascinating place to stroll around the old fortress walls and grand buildings.

See pelicans at Lake Skadar

See pelicans at Lake Skadar

Day 5 in Lake Skadar National Park

Skadar is the Balkans largest lake, with two-thirds sitting in Montenegro and the rest in Albania. The surrounding national park is the perfect place to escape the heat of the city, with awe-inspiring mountains, island monasteries and pretty villages. Look for rare Dalmatian pelicans on the lake’s water – the world’s heaviest flying bird.

Get adventurous Lovćen National Park

Get adventurous Lovćen National Park

Day 6 in Lovćen National Park

Lovćen is most famous for the towering mausoleum of St Peter at the Jezerski vrh peak, but it’s worth exploring the park adventure activities, from ziplining and quad-biking for thrill-seekers to hiking and cycling for the more sedate.

Explore the Bay of Kotor’s medieval towns

Explore the Bay of Kotor’s medieval towns

Day 7–8 in Bay of Kotor

Montenegro is a country full of beautiful views, but the Bay of Kotor’s waterfront might just be the best. Spend a couple of days meandering through its towns, from the restored palaces of Perast to Kotor’s Venetian old town. Nowhere combines ancient history and stunning scenery better.

Where to stay

Classic

Apartments Lake View

Only 200 yards from Lake Skadar, this accommodation provides guests with independent air-conditioned apartments complete with fully equipped kitchen, dining area and balcony with lake views.

Classic

Hotel Marija

Within the city walls of Kotor Old Town, a UNESCO World Heritage site, Hotel Marija is a traditional baroque building with a unique oakwood interior and warm, comfortable guestrooms. Only 100 yards from Kotor Bay's marina, this hotel is perfectly situated to explore the many restaurants and attractions of the lively city centre.

Superior

Hotel Vardar

Located in the main square of the UNESCO listed old town of Kotor, Hotel Vardar offers guests elegant rooms, a small gym, wellness centre complete with sauna and Turkish bath, and an outdoor terrace.

Deluxe

HUMA Kotor Bay

Located on the seafront of the historic town of Dobrota, in the heart of Kotor Bay, HUMA Kotor Bay provides guests a private beach area, stylish modern rooms, restaurant, beach club and an outdoor pool.

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This route booked with one of our specialist tour operators would cost from €690pp. Pricing varies by accommodation class, and can be tailored to suit your budget.

Pricing is typically inclusive of hotels, transfers, meals, and all guided excursions and activities.

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